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Old 01-24-2015, 12:57 PM
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Well hello there Oddments tray...

Got tired of that lame phone adapter thing that took up most of the space in the center console, so I removed it and put this oddments tray in its place:



Its not anything special, but it gives you a little bit more space to work with, in my case, I was able to put my sunglasses in the tray perfectly:



I didn't see any posts on this so I thought I'd give folks a heads up.
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:57 PM
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Interesting! But I went to that linked site and entered 2014 535i, it said "warning - not confirmed that this fits". I tried 2013, same thing. Did you get that when you entered your 2012? I assume the compartment configuration is the same for all F10 years.
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:12 PM
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Not sure why it linked oddments to that site, I ordered mine from ECS Tuning. I went to realoem.com and got the part number and searched that part number on ecs and found it.

I looked up the part number for the 2014 on realoem, the BMW part number is the same as the one for my model year, 51169206734.

Here is the link to the tray on ecs, http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Site...734/ES2217558/
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:20 PM
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Not sure why it linked oddments to that site, I ordered mine from ECS Tuning. I went to realoem.com and got the part number and searched that part number on ecs and found it.

I looked up the part number for the 2014 on realoem, the BMW part number is the same as the one for my model year, 51169206734.

Here is the link to the tray on ecs, http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Site...734/ES2217558/
Thanks! I might order that. So you just snap out the phone adapter I guess, and that fits right in? I also never use that cradle, and I have a Galaxy S4 so I'm not going to pay to order the correct phone adapter.
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:30 PM
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Thanks! I might order that. So you just snap out the phone adapter I guess, and that fits right in? I also never use that cradle, and I have a Galaxy S4 so I'm not going to pay to order the correct phone adapter.
I removed the felt lining part, essentiall the entire console tray to remove the phone adapter, but you might be able to just wedge something between the adapter and the felt lining to release it.

I don't know if I explained that right, but if you need help, I can try to post up some pics of it tomorrow to show you what I mean.
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Old 01-24-2015, 05:52 PM
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I've often thought about doing something like this but never got around to searching part numbers and available options. Thanks for making this so easy, I just ordered mine. Thanks slick316!
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Old 01-25-2015, 04:23 PM
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Not sure why it linked oddments to that site, I ordered mine from ECS Tuning. I went to realoem.com and got the part number and searched that part number on ecs and found it.

I looked up the part number for the 2014 on realoem, the BMW part number is the same as the one for my model year, 51169206734.

Here is the link to the tray on ecs, http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Site...734/ES2217558/
I like. Thanks and perfect for sunglasses.
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Old 01-25-2015, 05:20 PM
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Got tired of that lame phone adapter thing that took up most of the space in the center console, so I removed it and put this oddments tray in its place:



Its not anything special, but it gives you a little bit more space to work with, in my case, I was able to put my sunglasses in the tray perfectly:



I didn't see any posts on this so I thought I'd give folks a heads up.
So, you routinely carry around "a remnant or part of something, typically left over from a larger piece or set?"
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Old 02-07-2015, 01:19 PM
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I bought that part but am concerned about prying out the phone adapter base what is the best way to remove it

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Old 02-07-2015, 01:25 PM
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I bought that part but am concerned about prying out the phone adapter base what is the best way to remove it

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I removed the entire storage lining and unclipped the adapter from underneath.

I can take some step by step pics of it tomorrow and post them if you'd like.
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Old 02-07-2015, 01:55 PM
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YES! Please slick316..detailed photographs would be much appreciated!!! Thanks and great job finding the part...!
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Old 02-07-2015, 03:02 PM
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I purchased this and now am not sure if I will use it. I found a post about a way to modify the blank adapter to charge the phone through the USB. The only thing I don't have is use of the car's antenna.
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Old 02-07-2015, 03:13 PM
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I purchased this and now am not sure if I will use it. I found a post about a way to modify the blank adapter to charge the phone through the USB. The only thing I don't have is use of the car's antenna.

Interesting - can you post a link? So in theory you could plug 2 USB devices into the center console at the same time?
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Old 02-07-2015, 03:36 PM
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Interesting - can you post a link? So in theory you could plug 2 USB devices into the center console at the same time?
Here you go!! I incorporated a USB hub similar to this...



Hmmmmm.... The picture didn't display.....

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Old 02-07-2015, 03:48 PM
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That would be great if you could post some pictures about install this deal

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That would be great if you could post some pictures about install this deal

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The thread has instructions that show how to make the adapter. Here is my install... I have yet to be able to post a picture, but here goes.....

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I removed the entire storage lining and unclipped the adapter from underneath.

I can take some step by step pics of it tomorrow and post them if you'd like.
I went to install mine today, I just stuck a screwdriver between the adaptor and the back passenger side and it popped right out. Then I looked at all the wires going into it and popped it right back in. I'll deal with it some other day, I didnt want to have to put up a "when simple mods go bad" thread today.
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Old 02-07-2015, 10:36 PM
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I went to install mine today, I just stuck a screwdriver between the adaptor and the back passenger side and it popped right out. Then I looked at all the wires going into it and popped it right back in. I'll deal with it some other day, I didnt want to have to put up a "when simple mods go bad" thread today.
I didn't want to damage anything, so I did it the hard way. If you just popped it out, thats actually good, you won't have much work left. The phone adapter has a couple wires connected to it that just need to be disconnected. I'll get some pics of it tomorrow so you can see, but I might have to try your method since it sounds easier.
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I didn't want to damage anything, so I did it the hard way. If you just popped it out, thats actually good, you won't have much work left. The phone adapter has a couple wires connected to it that just need to be disconnected. I'll get some pics of it tomorrow so you can see, but I might have to try your method since it sounds easier.

I'm going to give it another try when I've got more time to figure out how to disconnect the wires without tearing anything up. It was so easy to just put a thin wide blade screwdriver in where the back catch is and give it a gentle twist. It popped right out and didn't crush the flocked lining which I'm always afraid of doing.
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I'm going to give it another try when I've got more time to figure out how to disconnect the wires without tearing anything up. It was so easy to just put a thin wide blade screwdriver in where the back catch is and give it a gentle twist. It popped right out and didn't crush the flocked lining which I'm always afraid of doing.

If you do that, can you post a pic of the cable that the base plate is connected to? I'm wondering if I can replace it with another usb port by simply plugging the #4 connector on this diagram in:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...34&hg=61&fg=35
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I just tried again when I went out to clean it today. After I got it all apart I found that this part does not fit my '14 528, it's too wide in the bottom and I didn't want to cut out stuff to make it fit. I snapped an iPhone photo for you though (I hope it doesn't post sideways like usual, sorry if it did) Click image for larger version

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hmm I ordered mine last night when I saw this post.. I have a 2014 535 but should be the same as a 528 on the inside, hopefully it will fit, Ill report when it arrives.
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hmm I ordered mine last night when I saw this post.. I have a 2014 535 but should be the same as a 528 on the inside, hopefully it will fit, Ill report when it arrives.

At least it's inexpensive enough to give it a try. And if I had really wanted to go through the cutting of the existing bin today, I think it could work out. I'll wait until it's warmer though, the whole thing only took about 12 minutes today so really nothing lost.
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So I took the pics, never did a step by step guide before so please forgive me if its not the best one you've seen.

Tools needed:

Torx T25 screw driver
Plastic pry tools (http://www.amazon.com/Vehicle-Loudsp...astic+pry+tool)

Before I start, wrickem is correct that its pretty easy to remove the phone adapter without having to take out the console lining. However, its pretty difficult to unplug the 3 connectors that are attached to the adapter through the opening. Its much easier to deal with it if you remove the lining.

Step 1:
Remove the cover for the button that opens the center armrest console by wedging a plastic pry tool in the area shown in the picture and turning slightly. It pops off pretty easily:


Step 2:
Remove the Torx T25 screw shown in the picture:


Step 3:
Use the plastic pry tool to remove the wood trim panel. You are not removing the entire wood piece, you just want to undo a few clips so that the panel comes up because there is another Torx T25 screw you need to get to. Use some force on this part, the clips holding the wood trim in place are a little tough:




Step 4:
With the wood panel raised, remove the Torx T25 screw shown in the picture. Be careful not to drop the screw, I unfastened it a bit and then used my fingers to undo it fully and secure it:


Step 5:
Pull up on the front of the lining while holding down the button that opens the armrest console. The pictures show where the obstruction would be if you didn't do this:




Step 6:
The picture shows the last part in removing the lining, essentially its just wedged into the back part of the console, pull on it hard enough to remove it:




Step 7:
There are 3 connectors/harnesses attached to the phone adapter. The picture shows the one you should remove first as it will make it easier to remove the rest if you tackle this one first. Simply grab that connector and turn it counter clockwise and pull it out. Notice how the connector is turned clockwise in the second picture:




Step 8:
With the connector removed, you want to disconnect it. Press down on the part that the arrow is pointing at and then swing out the locking arm shown in the second picture and continue to swing the arm out until it looks like picture 3, at which point the harness can be disconnected:






Step 9:
Disconnect the two remaining plugs (picture 1) as such. For the blue one, the arrow is pointing at the clip that will release the two parts. This clip needs to be depressed as you pull the two parts away. The black connector is the opposite, the arrow points to a clip that needs to be pulled up on in order to release the two parts. The black one could require a small flat head screwdriver or something if you don't have fingernails that can pull up on the clip:












Step 10:
Remove the phone adapter by wedging the pry tool in the area shown in the picture and force the adapter out by pushing on it from underneath. The lining is flimsy and flexible, this part shouldn't take much force at all, some of those harnesses are harder to unfasten:






Step 11:
Put that harness that you first removed back into its spot in the console as shown below and then take the two cables (the black and blue ones) and secure them to that harness as shown below:






Step 12:
Put the lining back in (remember to wedge it into the back part of the console first), secure the lining with the screw you removed (short one), snap the wood panel back into place, secure it with the screw you removed (long one), snap the plastic piece you removed in step one back into place and finally, snap in the oddments tray:




I hope that helps. I'm sorry if I didn't explain it well, I'm not really good at this. But it really only took me about 15-20 minutes to do this.
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